SYMBIOCITY ETHIOPIA
Transforming our cities improving lives
Introduction
Objectives
Cities

SymbioCity in Ethiopia

The city projects in Ethiopia is a capacity development project in the cities of Shashemene of Oromia region and Debre Berhan in Amhara regional state and is part of the larger Global SymbioCity Approach Programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.

Early in the process both cities chose to focus the project on solid waste management. The aim of the project is to support the cities to plan, manage and develop the solid waste management sector in a sustainable manner by using the SymbioCity methodology.

Time period: 2018-2020

Objectives

Shashemene and Debre Berhan are better equipped to address pro-poor sustainable urban development from a social, economic and environmental perspective.

• Both cities have sustainable and inclusive urban plans and/or urban improvements projects, prepared through as SymbioCity process

• Targeted cities have improved processes and increased institutional, organizational and individual capacity to address urban sustainability.

• Urban stakeholders in targeted cities have applied and incorporated inclusive and participatory approaches to urban development including gender perspectives and the needs of the urban poor.

• National institutions in Colombia have been influenced and inspired by SymbioCity principles  and disseminated learnings to other cities in the country

Shashemene

The project has carried out an Urban Sustainability Review with focus on solid waste management as well as a willingness to pay study showing how much a household is willing to pay for solid waste management service. Integrated solution package has been developed including a list of action. A Solid Waste Management Strategy has been developed for the city.  In collaboration with solid waste collectors and other stakeholders, a new Solid Waste Management system has been designed to be implemented in a selected pilot area and a number of awareness creation and the cleaning up of some informal dumpsites have been implemented.  A new transfer site is also being built with financing from city budget.

All work was carried out in an interdisciplinary working group with representatives from solid waste management, education, anti-corruptions officer, health, and job creation.

Debre Berhan

The project has carried out an Urban Sustainability Review with focus on solid waste management as well as a willingness to pay study showing how much a household is willing to pay for solid waste management service. Integrated solution package has been developed including a list of action. A Solid Waste Management Strategy has been developed for the city.  In collaboration with solid waste collectors and other stakeholders, a new Solid Waste Management system has been designed to be implemented in a selected pilot area and a number of awareness creation and clean-up activities have been implemented. A new transfer site is also being built with financing from city budget.

All work was carried out in an interdisciplinary working group with representatives from urban planning, small and micro enterprise, health, women and children’s office, solid waste management, and building office.